Javascript Chat Summary – October 23, 2018

Below is a summary of the discussion from this week’s JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. chat (agendaSlack Transcript)

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Agenda: Should wp.hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same. support the special all hook?

Slack Conversation

In Gutenberg#8602 it is raised if we should add support for an all action in wp.hooks in order to match feature parity with the current PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 hooks system in WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. While there were no real objections raised in the chat, pretty much everyone present agreed with this comment:

If it is primarily intended for debugging, then it might be worth exploring optimizations to avoid any impact in typical usage, e.g. monkey-patching runHooks when an all hook is added.



  • No interest was expressed in the issue. If anyone wants to take it on, there wouldn’t be any objections either.

Agenda: Ways to optimize the package updating process

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The process for updating packages needs to be optimized further. Right now any fix on a package has to follows the cumbersome flow of GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. PR -> lerna release -> core ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. -> update package.jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML. -> commit. We need to make this smoother.

This problem would probably not exist once everything is merged into a single monorepo hosted on git. But that doesn’t seem feasible just yet. Could we maybe mimic the advantage of having a monorepo a bit by getting more tooling into WordPress core and build straight from GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. source? That would at least decouple publication of packages from being able to consume their changes in WordPress core development. 

It was raised by @gziolo that installing Gutenberg straight from Github with npm is not an option because Gutenberg consumes local packages which can’t be resolved by npm. The solution proposed is to take a similar approach to how Gutenberg packages are updated for Drupal.

This is done with an install script that simply clones Gutenberg into node_modules and builds the scripts in Gutenberg itself. While not a very elegant solution, this could work and drastically improve the process of keeping the packages updated.


  • @atimmer will work on a proof of concept.

Open floor: JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill.

Slack Conversation

Good progress is being made on JavaScript language packs. 🎉 @herregroen is working together closely with @nerrad, @swissspidy and @ocean90 to land this. There seems to be a great deal of consensus and the work is nearing completion.

#corejs, #javascript